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By Arkansas 911 News Investigative Reporter E’Lyse Golden
Hot Springs Police Officer Cheatham reports that he responded to The Arlington Hotel Parking Garage on January 5 around 5:45 am in reference to two male suspects attempting to enter vehicles illegally.
Arlington Security said that the suspects were last seen fleeing on foot up Central Avenue. The officers drove through the Springs Hotel Parking Lot on the way to The Arlington and saw the suspects, later identified as Elijah Estorga, 18, of Main Street in Hot Springs, and a juvenile, attempting to flee through a fenced section between Springs Hotel and Fat Jacks. Cpl. Brown shined his spotlight on the suspects, and they continued fleeing.
Ofc. Cheatham drove around to the front of the Fat Jacks Parking Lot and the suspects came running towards him. Ofc. Cheatham told the suspects to stop, but they turned around and attempted to flee in the opposite direction. Cpl. Brown entered the area where he had last seen them and told them to get on the ground. Mr. Estorga and the juvenile both complied and were arrested.
An Arlington Security Officer arrived on scene and positively identified the two suspects as the suspects that were attempting to enter vehicles in the Arlington Parking Garage. HSPD Cpl. Brown found two laptops and a flashlight lying on the ground near the suspects. HSPD Officers made contact with the owner of the laptop who was a guest at the hotel, and the owner confirmed that someone had broken into his vehicle and taken the items valued at $2,440.
Cpl. Brown arrived back at the Arlington Parking Lot and found a piece of costume jewelry and a phone box lying on the ground near the passenger side of the victim’s vehicle. The victim said the two items also belonged to him.
The laptops, flashlight, jewelry, and phone box were all returned to the victim. Arlington Security said that the hotel security cameras captured Mr. Estorga and the juvenile break into the victim’s vehicle.
The juvenile was transported to the Garland County Juvenile Detention Center for processing. Mr. Estorga was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
Mr. Estorga and the juvenile were both charged with Felony Breaking Or Entering. Mr Estorga’s bond was set at $2,500.